Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty: The Autobiography of Horace Silver PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Phil Pastras

Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty: The Autobiography of Horace Silver

University of California Press
Publication date: February 2006
ISBN: 9780520941427
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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""As one of the major figures in the history of jazz, Horace Silver's reminiscences are priceless. Simply put, the man is a national treasure. Horace's sensitivity, passions and creative sources emerge in this engaging book, a tribute to his determination and to Phil Pastras' skill and sensitivity as an editor. It will be celebrated by jazz scholars and fans everywhere.""â¿¿Steven Isoardi, author of The Dark Tree and Central Avenue Sounds ""Horace Silver stands as one of the last 'jazz giants' remaining from the incredible efflorescence of bebop-based music in the 1950s. For that reason alone his book would be an important contribution. But this is more than a mere memoir of a golden age long past. Silver's prose style is much like his musical style: earthy, vernacular, populist. His unique take on the music and the people who play it provides valuable insights into the creative processes of jazz and the social and cultural worlds in which jazz musicians live and work. His recounts of the lessons learned from listening to and playing alongside Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lester Young, as well as many lesser-known figures, are particularly revealing.""â¿¿David Ake, author of Jazz Cultures
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Let’s Get to the Nitty Gritty

Autobiography with a helping hand is a much more venerable genre than ‘ghost-written’. It is obvious that the ‘helping hand’ of Phil Pastras here is purely of a copy-editing nature, as a personal style all Silver’s own is evident. ‘The Catholic religion didn’t seem to have the answers to a lot of spiritual questions that I was asking myself’ is such a lovely way to put his young mindfulness of the possibility of a more selective way of spirituality. ‘I became and still am a dabbler when it comes to religion,’ he continues. Silver’s gentle, no-frills prose is clear and somehow timeless; or at least, rhythmical within time, and you get the feeling the older he gets, and more stories he accumulates, the more one would be honoured to meet him. He repeats his memories as though he was telling you them in person, and recounts the smallest details. A real eye-opener, from tragic start to successful finish.
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